Just when I thought I had heard it all from the Arminian camp, I stumbled on yet another egregious blaspheme by those who pretend to speak for God, His Christ, and His Gospel. The original five blasphemies that precipitated the response later known as T U L I P by the Council of Dort in 1618 & 1619 were bad enough, but now we have certain proof (words from their own mouth and pen) of the origin of their rebellion in the past that continues to this day. The Remonstrance, as it is called, developed it's five points of disagreement and contention with John Calvin's preaching/teaching in the early 1600's. Webster's definition of remonstrance is 'protest' and/or 'objection' which fits to a "T" the battle that ensued and has continued for centuries. But the root of any Arminian's protest or objection is not to the teaching of a man---John Calvin---but to God Himself. John Calvin had nothing to do with writing any of the New Testament, nor the Old Testament, but to hear any ardent Arminian speak one gets the impression that Calvin is the sole author of the Bible. No, their real 'protest' and 'objection' is to God ultimately, with each Member of the Trinity receiving their dose of vitriol from these heretics. The Father is blasphemed when His veracity is questioned via their 'protest' and 'objection' to His Sovereignty, His right and power to decree and choose as it suits Him who will be welcomed to His Heaven and who will be rejected and sentenced to eternal damnation (Rom. 9:11). The Son is blasphemed via their rejection of the words spoken by the Father, through the Son, and later written by men through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit---Jesus Christ IS the Word of God, John 1:1 and 1 John 1:1. The Holy Spirit is blasphemed because the Arminian deems Him incapable of sealing a believer until the redemption of the purchased possession to the praise of His glory, Eph.1:13 & 14. "Rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft." 1 Sam. 15:23.
But the most recent discovery is even more damning in that it reveals the true source of the Arminian's hatred for God and His Word. It can be found in the Remonstrance Confession of faith, one dated 1940 and the other 2006. Supposedly there is a third dated 1621, but it is not to be found as of today. The other two are quite enough to reveal their ultimate hatred of Jesus Christ, their utter lack of knowledge of Him, and their desire to purposefully misrepresent the Father, Son, Holy Spirit, and the written Word. Both of these confessions can be seen at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Remonstrance
Beginning with the 1940 version in the second paragraph we find: "We believe in Jesus Christ, Effigy of God's holy being and Revelation and His Grace..." The key word in this phrase is "effigy" defined by Webster as 'a statue or other image; often a crude representation of a despised person that is hanged or burned to show protest.' Now we know, by the written words of these Arminians just exactly what they think of the Lord Jesus Christ. In the third Paragraph of the 2006 version find: "We believe in Jesus, a Spirit-filled human..." There is a vast difference between a "Spirit-filled human" and "God, the Son, incarnate in human flesh." Now that we clearly see the low opinion Arminians have of the Lord Jesus Christ, let's see what the Word has to say of such people.
1 John 4:1-3: "Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of Antichrist, which you have heard is coming, and is now already in the world." The 'spirit' being the essence of the inner man, the source of his life and thought (see Strong's #4151), that is to be tested, to be questioned, to be held accountable. It is of utmost importance to realize in the verses given above that there is only one proper response to the question: "Did Jesus Christ come in the flesh?" It is a positive, resounding "YES" that indeed Jesus Christ was God incarnate in human flesh. His very Name "Jesus" meaning "Yahweh saves" (Strong's #2424); another Name by which He is called is Immanuel, "God with us" (Strong's #6005). Dancing around the issue with impudent and impotent words is an insult to Christ as is clearly the case in both of the "confessions" offered by the Arminian, Remonstrance crowd. The fact is that it is a clear declaration of their allegiance to the wicked one; a demonstration that they are in fact possessed by the spirit of Antichrist and should be treated as such---they are the enemy of all who name the Name of Christ in truth. Silence is equally damning as it, too, rejects the facts and assertions and claims of the Word of God. Denying that Jesus Christ was God in human flesh while on earth whether by outright denial or silence or some mixture of 'yes & no' is never acceptable to the Father and will be punished accordingly.
There seems to be a resurgence of the 'fence-sitting' doctrine which cherry picks portions of the Arminian heresy and those of "Calvinism" (I despise that term) so that one is seen as "loving" and willing to yield for the sake of ill-gotten unity with their fellow heretics. Such foolishness was inaugurated by Jacobus Arminius so it's not new, just revived for the intent of deceit---the main staple in the diet of all Arminians. It is my hope that those genuinely born again will oppose the lies of the wicked one actively, not leaving it up to someone else to be a spokesperson for the truth of the Word. Silence is seldom used a tool of the Spirit, it will not produce persecution or much if any fruit to the glory of God. I have only found reward based on active works, no where have I found reward for silence. May the Lord revive His work in us!!!
"Afresh, precious, precious Jesus, I resign this body to You, for doing or suffering, for living or dying. Will You accept it? Will You use me for Your glory more than heretofore, that You may have some little return for all the benefits You have done to me? Oh, do grant this request; my heart longs for it, my spirit pleads for it; and "if You will, You can." You know the hot temptation of which I am the subject. Bring Your glory out of it, and keep me from the evil, and it shall be well." - Ruth Bryan